WCN Spring 2014


S S Warren Smith JP, Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant of Greater Manchester, with Metalube managing director David Lee at the awards ceremony

Queen’s Award presented

with three generations of various families there to witness the proud ceremony. Based in Irlam, Greater Manchester, Metalube also has offices in China, India and Brazil.

employees for their hard work and commitment to the company. He conveyed how pleased he was to welcome members of the team to Irlam from China, Brazil, India, Hong Kong and Malaysia. The company is very much a family business with three sets of fathers and sons amongst the team working for them – and this was apparent at the presentation, sediments and ice, to measure their motion and enable researchers to better predict future sea levels. To facilitate the layering of the hose on the winding reel, Techna specified a Uhing ARG4-60-0MCR1FLZ5X rolling ring drive assembly to be mounted on the winder. The unit was easily incorporated into the winding machine being fabricated by ABLE Engineering. With a stroke width of almost four metres and side thrust of 2,000N, the inclusion of a load carrier on the assembly mitigates the bending and twisting moments inherent in such a large machine, increasing longevity and reducing requirements for maintenance, at typical operational temperatures

Warren Smith JP, Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant of Greater Manchester, presented Metalube Ltd with a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade. The Lord Lieutenant was welcomed and thanked by Metalube’s founder and managing director, David Lee, who said what a proud day it was for him and the company. Mr Lee also thanked all the Metalube Having seen Uhing rolling ring drives in operation at its hose manufacturers, BAS was attracted by the combination of elegant simplicity, robust performance and ease of adjustment offered by Uhing’s products; vital requirements for successful long-term operations in such a remote and inaccessible location. As part of a project to research the history and current-flow of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet and its ice streams, BAS required a winding machine capable of handling nearly two-and-a-half kilometres of 44mm diameter hot-water drilling hose which will be used to carry hot water to melt holes through the ice, allowing instruments to be left in the

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Uhing drives Antarctic research

S S Uhing ARG4-60 rolling ring drive/assembly with load carrier. Photo: Keith Makinson, BAS

between -2 o C and -20 o C.

After successful trials in the UK, which ‘impressed and delighted’ BAS engineers, the completed winder is currently on board RRS Ernest Shackleton headed for Halley Research Station. After weathering the Antarctic winter on the Ronne Ice

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